Critics turn tables on chefs and raise £39K

Posted on News May 2012 - by Tandoori Editor
Critics turn tables on chefs and raise £39K

An array of top food critics led by Charles Campion of the Evening Standard and Bill Knot of the Financial Times prepared a three-course meal for 120 guests in a table turning, fundraising charity night on behalf of Action Against Hunger.

The Too Many Critics event saw some of the nation’s top restaurant critics lay down their pens and don chef’s whites to cook a meal at London’s Hawksmoor Guildhall. Among the diners were top chefs such as Pierre Koffman, Cyrus Todiwalla, Jun Tanaka and Clare Smyth, plus a host of figures from across the food industy.

Pierre Koffmann, of the Berkeley said: “Too Many Critics has been a very nice evening and it has been great to see so many familiar faces. It was a perfect meal and our goal has been to raise money for a great cause to help the fight against hunger.”

The evening managed to beat the £35,000 raised at the last event in 2008 with a total of £39,183 going towards Action Against Hunger’s international work – tickets for the night had been sold for £120 each.

The night, hosted by the BBC’s Nigel Barden, featured a cacophony of cooking critics including, Richard Vines (Bloomberg), Fay Maschler (Evening Standard), Tom Parker Bowles (Mail on Sunday/Esquire) and Jay Rayner (Guardian). They served smoked Eel, carved up roast beef at the tables and finished with raspberry crumble and custard.

Jay Rayner said: “I enjoyed putting on the chef’s whites and bandana - it’s a look I rock! It’s been a good vibe all evening. If we can engage food lovers to bring an awareness of food security, that has to be a good thing. A lot of people have eaten very well tonight, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t thought of those who can’t.”

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